6 of the best wooden floor cleaners

Get those floorboards flawless and that parquet pristine with our list of the best wooden floor cleaners

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More hard-wearing and hygienic than carpet, less chilly than tile, wooden floors offer us so much, but to reap the full benefits of life on the boards, it’s good to know how best to clean them, which in many cases amounts to something as simple as finding the best wooden floor cleaner for the job.

Sorry, did we say simple? Because that might be doing these nifty cleaners a bit of a disservice. After all, each one has a particular thing that it excels at, which we’ve made a note of to help you find the right cleaner to meet your needs. 

For sensitive skins, allergies and environmental concerns, look to naturally-derived cleaners from Parker & Bailey and Dr Bronner’s, while sensitive floors with high-maintenance polished finishes will benefit from a quick, non-abrasive scrub from Fiddes or Osmo. No special requirements? Take a look through our other picks to find your perfect match for cleaning, polishing and protecting those prized floors.

And if it’s going to take more than a quick scrub to return your floors to their former glory? Not to worry, help is at hand – see Natasha Brinsmead’s helpful guide to renovating old floors for guidance. 

The best wooden floor cleaner

1. Bona Wood Floor Cleaner Spray

A bona fide streakless cleaner for a flawless finish

Specifications
Best for: Streakless cleaning
Size: 1 litre
Type: Spray
Suitable for: All wooden floors
Reasons to buy
+ Non-slippy, streakless finish + Quick and effective 

With a choice of one litre spray or four litre pourable cleaner, there’s an iteration of our favourite floor cleaner for both small touch-ups and all-over jobs, but one thing remains a constant: the formula is fabulous. Reviewers reported a quick and economical clean with no residue or streaks on either engineered or hardwood floors, and say the resulting effect is less mirror-shine and more soft sheen, perfectly befitting of period homes where overdone floors simply aren’t the done thing. 

Rejuvenate Floor Restorer

2. Rejuvenate Floor Restorer

For floors that look as good as new, this multi-talented cleaner and restorer is tops

Specifications
Best for: Restoring
Size: 450ml
Type: Screw cap bottle
Suitable for: Hardwood and laminated
Reasons to buy
+ Fills in small scratches + Cleans, polishes and protects 

While Bona’s floor cleaner spray is our top pick for maintenance and touch-ups, this Rejuvenate Floor Restorer comes a very close second for its ability to bring past-their-best boards back to life. As well as cleaning, buffing and adding a protective layer to all manner of floors – not just wood, but ceramic tile, marble, slate, linoleum and more, too – this clever cleaner fills in small surface scratches on well-loved areas of flooring, and users say it’s just as easy as giving it a quick mop with water. 

Fiddes Floor Surface Cleaner

3. Fiddes Floor Surface Cleaner

A non-abrasive cleaner for beautifully finished floors

Specifications
Best for: Maintenance of polished floors
Size: 1 litre
Type: Screw cap bottle
Suitable for: Oiled, varnished, lacquered and waxed floors
Reasons to buy
+ Suitable for use on all floor finishes + Low on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 

It’s all very well and good swabbing the decks with piratical gusto if you’re after that perfectly worn look, but it’s understandably a bit galling to set upon floors with a polished finish if you’re unsure how they’ll come out. Enter this Fiddes floor cleaner, which is specially formulated to give a gentle, non-abrasive clean on oiled, varnished, lacquered and waxed wooden floors to give a thorough clean without any harshness or, heaven forbid, damaging the natural finish of hardwood floors, making it a good buy for nervous scrubbers. 

Osmo Wash & Care Floor Cleaner

4. Osmo Wash & Care Floor Cleaner

Softly, softly: this cleaner takes the kind approach to floors that need a little love

Specifications
Best for: Refreshing surfaces
Size: 1 litre
Type: Screw cap bottle
Suitable for: Lacquered wood
Reasons to buy
+ Gentle on polished floors + Effectively lifts dirt 

Not too dissimilar from our previous pick from Fiddes, this floor cleaner from Osmo is recommended for waxed and oiled wooden floors for its gentle, non-disruptive effects. Reviewers were equally impressed by its effectiveness, specifically its ability to lift dirt out of real wood floors in high traffic areas, and its mildness, with sensitive users remarking that it didn’t sting their skin or eyes while using. Fiddes has the slight edge for its rinse-free formula, but if you like the finishing touch of a quick mop-and-bucket go-over, this is a great alternative. 

Parker & Bailey Wood Floor Cleaner

5. Parker & Bailey Wood Floor Cleaner

Harness the power of vinegar (among other things) for beautifully clean floors

Specifications
Best for: Lifting dirt
Size: 651ml
Type: Spray
Suitable for: Hardwood and laminated
Reasons to buy
+ Sees off scuff marks + Naturally-derived ingredients 

We all might’ve seen those vinegar-based cleaning hacks on Pinterest, but if you’re nervous to simply splash a bit of Sarson’s on your floors (not least because your hallway will be left smelling like a chippy) go for this natural floor cleaner instead, which harnesses the power of naturally-derived cleaners for an Earth-friendly effect that doesn’t skimp on the efficacy. Testers over at Good Housekeeping found it was particularly good at removing scuff marks, and they loved its spray bottle for easy dispensing. For more eco-friendly cleaning, see our final pick below. 

Dr Bronner's Organic Sal Suds

6. Dr Bronner's Organic Sal Suds

These do-everything suds are pure general practice

Specifications
Best for: General household cleaning
Size: 909ml
Type: Screw cap bottle
Suitable for: Hardwood
Reasons to buy
+ Biodegradable, organic and mild + Enormously versatile 

Described as a ‘concentrated hard-surface all-purpose cleaner’, these Sal Suds by Dr Bronner are a sure bet if you have a mix of wooden and tiled floors and won’t want to shell out for separate dedicated products – heck, you can even use them as dish soap or laundry detergent! There are two main selling points at play here though, and the other biggie is this cleaner’s organic status and mild formula: if you have sensitive skin or asthma set off by harsh chemical cleaners, or worry about the environment, this biodegradable cleaner offers peace of mind above its competitors. 

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See Jo Atkinson’s article on how to use salvaged wood flooring for more inspiration